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the pontiff gave his last sunday blessing from the vatican. the pope delivered his final message from his apartment window to an estimated 100,000 people in st. peters square. he told the crowd he will take up a life of prayer and meditation to, quote, continue serving the church. benedict announced earlier this month that he will retire on february 28 due to failing health. that final blessing comes amid a sharp rebuke from the vatican over italian news reports alleging the pontiff is retiring over a gay sex scandal and the continuing child sex abuse process. one bay area monsignor even spoke about it during mass this morning. >> reporter: parishioners filled the cathedral for mass. lent was on the minds of many. but so was the departure of pope benedict xvi. >> i felt we really needed to be in church today and pray for the best solution for our leaders and for the pope. >> reporter: benedict cited failing health as his reason for stepping down, the first time in six centuries a pope has done so. but two major italian newspapers claim that the pontiff wanted to distance himself from an a
and friends on edge. >> also, a scandal at the vatican, just days before the pope steps down. what the church is saying about rumors of what led to his resignation. >> and manti te'o is back in the spotlight. how he says he's moving forward after that online hoax involving an imaginary girlfriend. . >>> happening now, san francisco's chinese new year parade, about to get under way. you are looking now at a live picture of the parade route there at union square. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood into san francisco for this big parade. and you can watch it live on channel 2, right here after the newscast, coming up at 6:00. >>> the news state department is joining the search to try to find a bay area couple who disappeared in peru while on a biking expedition. noelle walker is live in the newsroom with how bay area friends are trying to help you the. >> reporter: one of the couples employers tell us they wanted to bike to south america, but were persuaded to fly because it would be safer. now friends and family are worried about the couples safety once again. they are the pi
sunday blessings from the vatican. tens of thousands of people packed st. peter's square today to hear the departing pope. next sunday will be the last time the 85-year-old pontiff temperatures will the traditional blessing from his apartment window. the pope announced earlier this month he will retire on february 28th due to failing health. >>> this is a unique and historic moment in the church and bay area catholics are anxiously awaiting a decision on pope a's successor. allie rasmus continue ours coverage interest from st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. >> reporter: heather, right now you can see dozens of people still filing out of st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. necessity were part of a ceremony to welcome new members to the catholic faith, so the people that you seeer are in the process of converting to catholicism. can you see some of them taking a picture with the archbishop. today was the first sunday of lent and also the first sunday since pope benedict announced his resignation. as the procession made its way through the pews at sunday mass, some parishioners had
announcement from the vatican today, pope benedict xvi is resigning. how his legacy may live on when the new pope is chosen. >> reporter: catholics are reacting to the resignation. >> this is a noble and selfless act. >> i think it is coming from his heart. if he has to do it, it is god's will. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi said his mind and body are no longer up to the job. >> after examined my conscious before god i have come to the certainly my strengths are no longer suited to the exercise of the ministry. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi took over in 2005 has it church was facing declining popularity over the sexual abuse of children by prese -- priest. >> we hope he will make decisive action that would protect kids today. [no audio] >> the church traces her continuity back to peter. we will look for someone who -- who is a very particulate voice. >> reporter: he will not be involved but he appointed half of the cardinals making the succession. pope benedict xvi will retire to a live of reflection and prayer in a monetary. ktvu channel 2 news. >> what many consider a strange mix, book ba
male, corruption and homo sexual tex taking place in the vatican. the church is dismissing the claims. >> i think our people are sophisticated enough to read through that and say that you know, right that's one opinion or sure maybe. so i don't worry that they are being taken in by it. >> last week the pope announced he would step down at the end of the month due to declining health. >>> san jose officials are set to take a vote on a ban of styrofoam. the ban would significantly cut the waste. it also says switching over will lead to an average cost increase of more than 100%. but city councilman sam lacarta disagrees. >> i encourage local businesses to talk to other businesses in cities and towns where styrofoam bans have been enacted. you will see that the change is very minimal. >> 30 bay area governments already have similar bans in place. >>> winder storm conditions caused a plane to skid off the roadway in cleveland. the 787 just landed and was taxing at hopkins international airport. crews took passengers on buses. >> it's funny to look at those pictures where it looks like wi
of 15,000 people in vatican city today. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the 85-year-old pontiff asked catholics to pray for him and the new pope. he will meet with cardinals one last time tomorrow before he flied off. while the cardinals meet to choose a successor, thousands of people are placing bets on who it will be. it is illegal in the united states to do that. one received $200,000 in books in 48 hour. it includes, name, age and nationality of the new pope, when the conclave will start and finish. >>> the supreme court appeared divided over the voting rights act. based on arguments, they expect the court to over turn part of the law in june. congresswoman nancy pelosi rallied outside the court today with members of the black, hispanic and asian pacific american caucuses. >> for our democracy defend the voting rights act, block efforts to suppress the vote. >> the 1965 law was designed to protect black voters known for discrimination. it requires federal approval before changes. a alabama county is saying it ask no long -- it is no longer necessary. >>> another day with no rain b
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